What is Net Send?

Net Send command is a messaging service provided by Microsoft allows users to sends messages to other users, computers, or messaging names on the network. Messenger Service should be started on user's computer.

How does Net Send command work?

1) The syntax of the Net Send command
net send {name | * | /domain[:name] | /users} message

2) The third party Net Send application.

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